The Mark Tanner Sculpture Award is unique in its offer of £8,000 direct to the artist towards the production of new work, which is then displayed in a solo show. The recipient is selected from an open call by a panel, guest selectors have included Richard Deacon, Lisa Le Feuvre and Cornelia Parker. In celebration of the award’s first decade in 2013, Black Dog published the large format book ‘Thinking is Making: presence and absence in contemporary sculpture’, and Standpoint opened the award to artists from the whole of mainland UK.
Standpoint Futures visual art development residencies offer intensive input to the practice and career of talented emerging/mid career artists from across the UK. These residencies are delivered in partnership with prestigious artist-centred organisations from across the UK and are supported by Arts Council England, Arts Council Wales, Creative Scotland and the Fenton Arts Trust.
- to provide exhibition and development opportunities for emerging artists (from London, the UK and internationally), outside of the commercial gallery system, acting as a platform to further their careers.
- to develop artists’ networks and peer-group discourse, promote critical feedback and support professional practice.
- to support the diversity and vibrancy of artistic production and promote excellence and commitment in the artist as maker.
to promote the visual arts by developing public appreciation and access to the arts.
- to involve the community, including schools and colleges, in arts education by providing talks, events and practical workshops.
The gallery is core-funded through Standpoint Studios, a registered charity comprising 5 large studios providing creative workspace for 10-15 established artists and makers with diverse specialist knowledge and contacts with leading museums and galleries.
Standpoint sees art and education as inextricably linked, and are committed to providing high quality, flexible educational programmes to meet the demands of a culturally diverse community. Our targeted workshops have involved painting, drawing, sculpture, collage, printmaking, photography, film, animation, conservation and ceramics. Standpoint works with local schools and colleges, youth clubs, special needs and community groups, and the general public. In addition, we provide work experience through gallery internships and Trident and other work placement programmes.
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Standpoint Studios Charity Number 10647500